Anambra Government has reiterated its commitment to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) for farmers in the state.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture Mechanisation, Processing and Export, Mr Afam Mbanefo, made this pledge in Onitsha on Monday at the inauguration of Commodity Agricultural Forum (CAF).
According to him, “The CAF initiative will play a big role in driving the commodity unit in the state, which is why Gov. Willie Obiano mandated its establishment.”
“Agriculture is key to this administration; that is why the state government will continue to support IFAD-VCDP to drive its activities for the benefit of farmers and agricultural stakeholders.” He added
The state Programme Coordinator of IFAD-VCDP, Mr Nnamdi Agwuncha, noted that CAF was an opportunity for farmers and others to share experiences and solutions to agricultural threat in the state.
“IFAD-VCDP registered CAF with the Corporate Affairs Commission as a business entity to facilitate business transactions for all the value chain stakeholders in the country.” Agwuncha explained.
The six-year programme being carried out in Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Niger, Ogun and Taraba States, is to end on June 30, 2020 with the aim.